Aussies Favoured In ANZAC Test

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Australia are out stop NZ winning three straight over them tonight. Image courtesy of news.com.au

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Australia v New Zealand


Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Sunday May 03 – 4:05pm (AEST)

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Australia  head into Sunday afternoon's rescheduled ANZAC Test against New Zealand  as firm favourites, despite the fact they've lost their last two encounters with the Kiwis.   

Almost always the underdogs, New Zealand upset Australia 30-12 in a group match in the Four Nations at this very veneue in October last year. They repeated the dose 22-18 at Wespac Stadium, Wellington, in the final three weeks later. And the Kiwis are quite adept at playing on the hallowed grounds of Suncorp Stadium, having won the previous Four Nations Final 16-12 over Australia there in November 2010.

But those victories were in series, where the NZders traditionally build form to peak in the final. In one-off tests, it's been 17 years since the Kiwis knocked off the Kangaroos and many are predicting this could be their chance to end the run of outs!

The Kiwis are young and talented, with the likes of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jesse Bromwich and Martin Taupau leading the way. The Aussies too have their superstars, but the likes of Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk might just be getting battle weary, and there's four debutants - Josh Dugan, Will Chambers, Alex Johnston and Trent Merrin.

With Brisbane's big wet seemingly over  this promises to be a super spectacle and I reckon it'll be close. On a dryish track the tradition fancied first try scorers come right into it with the likes Michael Jennings  and Alex Johnston  leading contenders for Australia, while Roger Tuivasa-Shek and Manu Vatuvei  look likely for New Zealand.  

The big money came early for Australia, including $10,000 at $1.38 in H2H betting. However, since then lots of little wagers have been placed on the Kiws at $3.25 and $3.15.

Now on a drier pitch, perhaps the 'Total Score' Over option is a good one, considering the strike power both sides have in their squads. I also reckon 'To Score a Try' Roger Tuivasa-Shek is a real chance!

 

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